The Spectacle Blog

White House Says Hostages, Al Qaeda Killed in Drone Strike

By on 4.23.15 | 12:40PM

I can't be funny about this, because there's nothing funny about it.

Today, the White House released details of a drone mission that went horribly wrong. In an attempt to strike at an Al Qaeda base on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, to take out Ahmed Farouq, a notorious American-born Al Qaeda leader and Adam Gadhan, another US-born Al Qaeda member and radical Islamic preacher, the US also killed an American and an Italian hostage.

Two hostages held by Al Qaeda were killed during separate US drone strikes on terrorist compounds, the White House has revealed.

American aid worker Warren Weinstein, 73, and Italian humanitarian worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed during counter-terrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January.

President Obama has taken 'full responsibility' for the operations, admitting that US forces can sometimes make 'deadly mistakes'. 

Trump to Open New Hampshire Office

By on 4.23.15 | 12:03PM

The New Hampshire Union-Leader headlines the following:

Trump signs lease for a NH office, returns Monday

Donald Trump returns to New Hampshire with a presidential campaign-like schedule Monday, and the Union Leader has learned he has signed a lease for an office in Manchester that will open May 1.

The paper reports that Trump has a full schedule of in-state appearances scheduled next week, including four events: a business lunch in Salem, a veterans town hall meeting, a New England College speech, and a dinner speech in Concord.

Even as this latest Trump move in New Hampshire was making news in the state, word comes that the New Yorker will be conducting his second TeleTown Hall tonight in Iowa. The first, in South Carolina, drew almost 60,000 participants. The Trump “media advisory” advises Iowans they can call in between 6:15 pm-7:15pm CST (needing to call 877-229-8493 and use a PIN # of 114230).

Chris Rock Isn’t Really a Baseball Fan

By on 4.23.15 | 10:17AM

I listened to Chris Rock’s rant against baseball from HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and I must say that he doesn’t have a clue to what he’s talking about. (WARNING: Video embedded probably NSFW).

Rock discusses the decline of African-American participation in Major League Baseball which has dropped by about two-thirds over the past four decades. He argues that baseball is losing black people because it isn’t hip or cool enough.

So what does Rock consider to be unhip and uncool? Its emphasis on history (“old fashioned, stuck in the past”), “white haired announcers”, the construction of new old fashioned ballparks (what he calls “fake, antique stadiums”). Rock argues that “black people don’t like being reminded of the past” and going back to the days of “Ruth, DiMaggio and Emmett Till.”

Rubio Top Republican — Competitive With Mz Hillary

By on 4.22.15 | 11:02PM

CBS News and the Tampa Bay Times are reporting that a new national Quinnipiac Poll shows Marco Rubio leading the Republican pack and just two points behind Hillary Clinton in the general election matchup, the best showing of any Republican. The Quinnipiac website says the poll will not be released until 6 a.m. Thursday.

The poll show Rubio the choice of 15 percent of GOP voters, Jeb Bush second at 13 percent, and Scott Walker with 11. No other candidate draws more than nine percent support, and 14 percent say they are undecided.

New York Mets Have Won 10 in a Row

By on 4.22.15 | 10:52PM

The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves tonight 3-2 to win their 10th consecutive game.

I knew the Mets would be good this year. I picked them to win a NL Wild Card berth. But I didn't think they'd be this good, this fast.

Their 12-3 mark is the best in MLB and have a 3 1/2 game lead over the Braves and a 5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East. The Nats were heavily favored to win the division (myself included). 

And they've done it without David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevins not to mention Zack Wheeler who underwent Tommy John surgery during spring training and closer Jenrry Mejia who was recently suspended for 80 games for PED use. 

But Matt Harvey and Bartolo Colon are both 3-0, Lucas Duda is hitting over .300 and Jeurys Familia already has 6 saves.

OK, there are still 147 games left and they've got a date with the Yankees this weekend. But so far the Mets are the biggest story in this young season.

Elizabeth Warren Has a Point About TPP

By on 4.22.15 | 5:04PM

President Obama and Elizabeth Warren have a disagreement about TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and I must say that Warren has a valid point.

Obama, along with most Republicans, supports TPP which is an investment and regulatory treaty involving a dozen countries including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia and Chile.

Now while I think the treaty is reasonable in principle, the problem is that nobody knows what's in it. It's contents have been kept secret. This is Warren's principle complaint and she is right.

In other words, to paraphrase Nancy Pelosi, "We need to pass TPP to find out what's in it."

I just wish Warren upheld these principles of transparency during the Obamacare debate.

Conversely, I wish Republicans who argued for transparency in the Obamacare debate would argue for transparency where it concerns TPP.

Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm’s Actions Against Conservatives Are Unlawful & UnAmerican

By on 4.22.15 | 4:22PM

If you haven't read David French's piece in NRO concerning the John Doe investigations and the tactics deployed in them under the direction of liberal Democrat Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, please do so.

A number of conservative activists in Wisconsin who had the temerity to support Governor Scott Walker and his efforts to curb public sector unions found their homes raided by police, their property confiscated and were told by the authorities they could tell no one about what happened not even their attorneys. This was done under the order of Chisholm who has also directly targeted Walker in a John Doe investigation, but has turned up nothing against him.

Meet the NSA’s Ridiculous Recycling Mascot, “Dunk”

By on 4.22.15 | 2:51PM

The NSA will likely get a gift from Sen. Mitch McConnell this week: a massive reauthorization of their metadata collection and surveillance program, codified in the PATRIOT Act. Even though the NSA's practice of invading privacy to collect cell phone information is uniformly unpopular with both parties, and measures have been taken to reform the process and even interrupt the NSA's authority, in pursuit of a perfect record of completion for the Senate, McConnell is bypassing objectors and shoving the bill through. It could allow the NSA to keep scanning your phone bills for evidence of your terrorist activities through 2020.

Barack Obama Celebrates #EarthDay By Burning Fossil Fuels

By on 4.22.15 | 12:22PM

Having spent a significant amount of time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I have lost almost all of my appreciation for Earth Day. Sure, I believe that we as humans have a responsibility to ensure that our planet remains clean, and to use our resources with care and consideration for future generations. But there's a big difference between environmental stewardship and whatever Earth Day is about - even if you don't consider that the co-founder of Earth Day stayed as true as possible to his commitment by composting even his ex-girlfriend. In Ann Arbor, they would celebrate it by hosting a drum circle. And I would celebrate the drum circle, by driving around it in a sport utility vehicle, spraying aeorsol hairspray out the windows.

Hillary’s Flip Flop on Colombia Trade Agreement for $

By on 4.22.15 | 8:53AM

As $ecretary of $tate, Hillary Clinton may have shifted positions on the human rights record of Colombia for Clinton Foundation Cash.

The New York Post reports, “one example of an alleged quid pro quo cited by the Times and other sources involved the State Department’s backing of a free-trade agreement with Colombia that benefited a company founded by a big donor to the Clinton Foundation.”

Evidently, Hillary opposed the deal when running in 2008 because of a worker rights issue. Friend of the Clintons whose company would benefit from trade deal donates millions to Clinton Foundation. Check clears.

Two short years later, Hillary’s State Department reports that Colombia has a laudable human rights record. Donor makes big money.

Hillary is proving to be a champion. Not for average Americans, but for being the best at raising money from government service.

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